By Colleen Star
Photo: Bell Soto
On a fall day this mid November we had the pleasure of chatting with Jamie Clarke on the set of our "Come Clean" story. The deaf pro soccer player and model has been part of Kenneth Cole's "Courageous Class" campaign. So we found it fit to ask how he handles being an inspiration to so many, what characteristics he finds most attractive in people, and what it takes to be a star, man.
Coffee or tea?
What defines a successful day for you?
As a model, if I booked a job and it went as well as I would have liked then it's a successful day for me! If I win my soccer games, this is also successful! If you have a long hard day but you got it all done then it's all good as long as you are happy with it.
What would you say makes a man powerful?
By being a leader, knowing what he's doing, being brave - not afraid to take risks, let his work do the talking, backs up what he says but is humble too. Being professional is also important.
iPhone or Android?
iPhone all the way!! It's so much better!
What makes a “perfect man,” in your opinion?
Don't need to say much... David Beckham IS THE PERFECT MAN.
Last good book you read?
I don't read books. I'm a Netflix fan! I am currently watching 'LOST', it's sooo good! Very addictive.
Who do you look up to? or Who are your role models?
My grandfather is my role model, I always think about him. He taught me soccer and I just loved being around him when I was so little! We did things together. My parents too, they have been unbelievable with me all my life and I owe them a lot. Obviously David Beckham as well because of who he is, a great role model to everyone on the planet, he's a great family man, looks after his kids, helps charities, he's got it all! and Cristian's Ronaldo because he works so bloody hard everyday at soccer and it shows. This is why he is the best soccer player ever.
Why do you love soccer?
My grandfather and father got me into this sport when I was around 5/6 and I never stopped since. It's the most popular sport worldwide, it's made me very competitive at a young age & not going to lie. I can be a sore loser! All my life I have always been a winner & played for the best teams in the league somehow. I'd say that's down to all of the goals I have scored! ;-) this has got me playing for my country – Great Britain Deaf Team, it's the biggest honour you can have!
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE MOMENTS FROM @JAIMECLARKE_MODEL
How has your journey impacted your definition of “inspiring”? or How do you handle the responsibility of being an inspiration to so many?
It is simple, I am just being myself, I always have been. I don't need to pretend or change anything. If they don't like it then tough. I am just happy to help people by sending out positive messages or making sure that they know it is okay to dream and believing that it is possible! Being fully deaf has never held me back with anything, it shouldn't. I mean, we all are humans – we are the same. Just because I have a hearing loss doesn't mean we are different, well i'd say we are more special! Haha.
What traits or characteristics do you find the most attractive?
Being humble and caring are very attractive. Also, when you see someone making an effort for you! If someone is a little crazy/weird – it can also be good!
When do you feel the most confident?
I am always confident. 24/7, whatever comes along. I am always ready! I don't back down or become shy lol. Being confident and ego is 2 different things, confidence is sexy, ego isn't.
What are your top 5 travel essentials?
1. My phone lol! Can't live without it! (& adaptor lol)
2. Money! Never know what you'll need!
3. Hair product! If you look scruffy then it's not good unless chilling in bed all day (which I love) haha especially on Sundays!
4. Toothbrush and paste!
5. Clothes! haha gotta cover yourself up ;)
Who would you say are the hottest male and female models right now? Your personal preference…
Male model - David Gandy
Female model - either Irina Shayk or Lily Aldrige!
Photography: Bell Soto Model: Jamie Clarke at Soul Artist Management